Low-Maintenance Decking

On a clear summer day, few things can top the simple pleasure of spending the afternoon outside on the deck with friends and family. While a deck in the back garden is lovely, spending too much time on maintenance is not. An outdoor living space should be used for enjoying life, not for working.

Choosing a low-maintenance decking alternative in place of the traditional wooden decks has become more popular in recent years for a variety of reasons. Unlike hard or soft wood decking, low-maintenance products such as composite decking will not rot or splinter. Decking that is resistant to fading or breeding mould and mildew won’t require regular repainting, sealing and staining.

Since low-maintenance decking materials will not absorb water from rain and snow, they do not remain wet for extended periods of time. This means not only that mould and mildew growth is no longer a problem, but also that slippery surfaces are minimised. Low-maintenance decking doesn’t just mean less work, but also a safer, slip-resistant surface during all sorts of weather. Low-maintenance decking is much more resistant to the natural wear and tear that occurs from being outdoors.

Decking made of hardwood materials do tend to last significantly longer than softwood, but still require a certain amount of regular upkeep. Even when the necessary maintenance routines are performed annually, hardwood decking will degrade and splinter dramatically over time.

Another benefit of utilising a low-maintenance alternative as opposed to a hardwood deck is environmental. Hardwood deck boards generally come from tropical forest regions. Selecting low-maintenance deck materials, which are often fabricated from recycled materials, is a more environmentally friendly choice.

While plastic decking may seem like a viable alternative to the various wooden deck materials which are prone to degradation due to the elements as well as insect damage, plastic deck materials do come with a host of problems, as well.

Plastic decking not only lacks the attractive appearance of low-maintenance deck alternatives, but is also vulnerable to expanding and contracting with the fluctuations in hot and cold temperatures. Over time, this repeated strain can seriously compromise the structural integrity of the deck.

Say goodbye to rotten, warped, and splintered decks; to mould, mildew, and slippery deck surfaces. No more cracked and bowed plastic decking. Best of all, low-maintenance decking means less time spent cleaning, painting, and staining, as well as less money spent on repairing and replacing worn-out, ruined wooden deck boards. Spending less time keeping up on a high-maintenance deck means a lot more time to actually enjoy those lovely summer days out in the back garden with friends and family.

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